Lovely Shawls

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Two ladies brought their just completed shawls into the shop, both made with our Chincoteague Colors yarn and both from the same colorway, Queens Sound.

Liz models her shawl knitted from the Echoes of Chincoteague pattern by Jackie Jones.

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Cynthia’s mom models the shawl made for her. Pattern is Winter is Coming found on Ravelry.

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Tempest Shawl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Current project

I was entralled with this pattern for a shawl and couldn’t wait to finish a project so I could start this one. (Yes, I try to finish one before beginning another, but it doesn’t always work.) 

The border of the shawl is composed of crescent shapes. Knit these first, then pick up and knit the body using short rows.  The first crescent required me to knit and tink back several times until I understood the pattern and now it’s my go to pattern for quiet knitting. I still have to pay close attention to the pattern and put a lifeline in every repeat. Have a ways to go to get to 23 repeats. But fun!

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I am using the Zen Garden Serenity Silk Single. Super soft. Had to get used to working with single ply though. Back to those rows I had to take out until my eyes got adjusted and I stopped splitting the yarn.

 

New Mitts, Easy Pattern

Posted by Caroline Hershey

These fingerless mitts are super easy and with the Classic Shades Sequins Lite  yarn, look extra special. And to mimic an ad on TV, you get not one, not two, but three sets of mitts from one ball of yarn. Can’t beat that! The pattern is a free pattern on the internet at:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-fingerless-mitts

This is color #402.

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We Survived MD Sheep & Wool

Posted by Caroline Hershey

People? What people?

If you have ever been to the MD S&W show you understand exactly what I mean. And being a vendor adds a whole other level of stress to the picture. But, we got to see people we hadn’t seen in a year, catch up with a few snatches of conversation and generally had a good time. I even broke away and went to the sheep barn, and found some Romneys to hug on, shed a few nostalgic tears, and got my sheep fix for another year.  And my dyeing class was wonderful adding a new dimension to what I have previously been doing. Vickie Jensen of ProChem is a great instructor with a wealth of knowledge to draw on.

Look at what’s been going on on the Island while we were gone! Foals are dropping.

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And what’s happening in the shop? We’re finishing up classes – the market bag, top-down sumer cardigan and coming up is the next installment of the washcloths. A new one every month to increase your knitting skills with new stitches. In October we’ll make soaps to package with them as possible Christmas gifts.

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New Yarn Colors!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Look what we’ve been doing!

We have been busy traveling around the Island and coming up with new yarn colors. Can’t wait to show everyone our Dusk on Chincoteague, Oyster Bay, Woodland Trail and more. Look at this pile we have to finish up for you.

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Chandra Shawl Completed

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Tiffany yarn

Besides the yarn being a little splitty, Tiffany by Filatura di crosa was a perfect yarn for this shawl. It is a cotton/viscose blend with a little sparkle added. I thought this would be lovely for any evening on the town.

Knitted from the bottom up, there were a lot of stitches to deal with , 200+, in the lace portion, but using markers kept life simple because you certainly didn’t want to be at the end of your row with the wrong number of stitches. Things would get ugly at that point. The lace is followed by a short row section and then garter stitch border before cast off. I did add a row of eyelets in amongst the garter stitches. The weight of the Tiffany shawl is very nice to rest on your shoulders.

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